Rahal fastest in Long Beach warm-up

Graham Rahal earned himself top spot in the Sunday morning warm-up session for today’s 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Rahal fastest in Long Beach warm-up

The American will roll off only 17th on the grid after a disastrous qualifying session, but he appears to have rediscovered the pace he showed throughout practice this weekend on the harder primary tires.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda headed polesitter Helio Castroneves and Juan Montoya in Team Penske-Chevrolets, with James Hinchcliffe fourth. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsport driver will start as highest placed Honda-powered driver in seventh.

Scott Dixon was fifth for Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevrolet, despite finding the Turn 7 runoff zone at the end of the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was eighth fastest for Andretti Autosport-Honda, while trying some major shock and damper adjustments to make up for his disappointing run to 11th in qualifying.

Aside from Charlie Kimball skating into a runoff zone, like his CGR teammate Dixon, the only other incident of note was Luca Filippi’s left-rear brake catching fire in pitlane. It was quickly extinguished. 

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